SANTA CLARA — This is the live blog for the first quarter of the 49ers’ irrelevant Week 17 game against the Cardinals. I will update this frequently with information and analysis from the press box.
1:24 The Cardinals will receive the opening kickoff.
1:25 The ball bounces into the end zone for a touch back. Phil Dawson’s kicks have lost a lot of power this season.
1:31 Offensive coordinator Tom Moore calls a flea flicker on first-and-10 from the Niners’ 20-yard line. Ryan Lindley hands off to Marion Grice who pitches the ball back to Lindley, who throws down the middle to a wide open Michael Floyd for a touchdown. 7-0 Cardinals. Dontae Johnson bit on the flea flicker fake. Has Greg Roman ever called a flea flicker?
1:34 Trindon Holliday returns the kickoff to the 49ers’ 22.
1:39 The Cardinals lose Anquan Boldin on third-and-8. He catches a ball near midfield and jogs 50 yards for a touchdown. The score is 7-7. Amazing how the whole world knows the pass is going to Boldin on third down and the defense still can’t stop him.
1:42 Ted Ginn returns the kickoff to the Cardinals’ 23.
1:51 Arizona easily drives the ball to the Niners’ 29. Then Dan Skuta tackles Kerwynn Williams for a 7-yard loss on second-and-10. Ryan Lindley throws the ball away on third-and-long, and the Caridinals punt on fourth down. First-and-10 for the Niners at their 10-yard line.
1:58 Frank Gore gains three yards on a strong-side lead run to the right and the first quarter ends. Third-and-2 from the Cardinals’ 42 when the second quarter begins.